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“JAPANESE- DUTCH MUSEUM”
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Sieboldhuis
Ranked #16 of 65 things to do in Leiden
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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1,434 reviews
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“JAPANESE- DUTCH MUSEUM”
Reviewed 20 June 2014

Small but beautiful presented Japanese collection and exhibitions about Japan in an historic dutch house.
Siebold was a 19th century german physician, medically trained naturalist ,famous for describing Japanese culture and nature .
As a servant to the netherlands-dutch east india company he was send from Java to describe Japan.
In the house on Rapenburg 19, Leiden were today the museum is located an exhibition was held as early as 1837 by the above described famous occupant.
On saturday Hotei art shop is open

Visited June 2014
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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“Very nice small museum dedicated to Von Siebold and Japanese culture”
Reviewed 12 April 2014

Every child in Japan will know the name of Von Siebold as he was one of the Dutch that introduced the Japanese to western science, particularly medical science, when he lived on the former Dutch trading post Dejima in Nagasaki early 19th century. Von Siebold is credited with the introduction of vaccination and pathological anatomy for the first time in Japan.

The nice but small museum is in the house that Von Siebold lived in after he returned from Japan.

The permanent collection displays Von Siebolds objects and artefacts which he collected in Japan. Near the entrance you can watch a nice introduction movie.

There are regular temporary exhibitions and on the top floor is a small shop that sells Japanese prints and art objects. At the back is a small garden with regular sculpture exhibitions.

The museum, for obvious reasons, mainly attracts visitors from Japan and The Netherlands but should not be missed when you are in Leiden.

Visited April 2014
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Bangkok, Thailand
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“The story is the best part”
Reviewed 8 April 2014 via mobile

This is a nice old house converted into one of those "don't touch" museums where almost everything is behind thick glass and is occasionally difficult to see clearly. It's a bit disappointing if you are (as I was) naively expecting high quality Japanese art or furniture. If you've been to Japan you'll probably have seen better.
The maps, which are central to the story of Siebold in Japan, were a bit of a letdown because the ones I saw looked harmless - I suppose I am unable to really understand just how totally closed off the country was in that era.
Was it worth going in? Well, yes, if you're interested in history because this was a man who loved Japan and its culture and was welcomed at a time when few other foreigners were permitted entry. The story is fascinating and for him it was also heartbreaking.
While I was there (Spring 2014) there were two Japan-inspired art exhibits in the house and garden which were fun too

Visited April 2014
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Chicago, Illinois
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“great small museum”
Reviewed 21 December 2013

This is a fascinating small museum about a man unknown to most Americans (me, at least). The museum's collection is mostly the flora, fauna, and 'ephimera' that Siebold collected during his stay in Japan. The museum isn't geared at all towards children, but any adult with a bent for history or exploration or science will enjoy it!

Visited November 2013
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Hilversum, The Netherlands
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“At home in the 17th century”
Reviewed 3 November 2013

The siebold house is primary a museum about Dutch-Japanese relations from a long time ago. But the extra is that you'll get to walk around in a house where it seems the doctor just popped out for lunch and will be back in a minute. It gives a glimps of life in 17th and 18th century well-to-do Holland.

Visited December 2012
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